Namibia aim to end World Cup on a high
Few expected Namibia to come in and put up a performance as good as this in the T20 World Cup. Namibia strolled into the Super 12s after wins against Netherlands and Ireland and later made an impression in the Super 12 with a win over Scotland to finish above them in the group. They have odds of 15.00 to beat India – an unlikely proposition.
Qualification is on the line for India as they take on Namibia with nothing less than a huge win needed to make it to the semi-finals ahead of New Zealand. They have odds of 1.01 to win the match, but eyes will be on how big they can win.
Can they finish on a high?
India were pre-tournament favourites, but did not quite live up to that reputation after losses to Pakistan and New Zealand upfront. They were helped by the presence of three minnows in the group, but India will know that they need to win big to end their tournament on a high.
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Namibia will be eyeing India’s top-order with Ruben Trumpelmann, their weapon with the new ball. The batting is also rather underrated with David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus and JJ Smit, together called the ‘Bomb Squad‘ by their head coach, capable of swinging games.
Keep an eye on…
Trumpelmann: The Namibia quick has a few things going their way, including the fact that the Indian top-order is vulnerable to left-arm pace. If Trumpelmann can create early chances, Namibia will fancy at least pushing India.
Rahul and Rohit: The duo hit top gear against Scotland and Afghanistan and will need a similar outing here against Namibia. The two will be eyeing a big strike-rate and some free stroke play upfront.
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